Groomed trail
Elevation Gain
320.00 ft (97.54 m)
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Warming hut
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The Glacier View Loop is the longest loop in the network of Government Camp trails that begin, or end, in the Glacier View Sno-Park. This loop takes advantage of the spaces cleared by roads and power lines, both of which run alongside the early portions of the loop (if that sounds unappealing, try the Enid Lake Loop or the Crosstown Trail) instead. This trail starts on the old highway road and loses elevation at a gradual pace with a nice descent to start off the ski.  

After a short distance you will meet the intersection with Kurt’s Connection, a small loop that adds the option of some extra distance if you want to extend the ski. Keep to the trail on the road until you find the sign indicating the trail splitting off to the left. After the trail splits, the Glacier View Loop becomes a more wooded, narrow and variable trail. Indeed, it is a little easy to lose this trail as the signage is quite subtle at times. 

Once you’ve left the road and are in the woods, keep your eyes open for another split to the right; if you miss this you may find yourself wandering downhill beneath some power lines near the highway. If that happens (don't worry, you wouldn’t be the first), march back up and look for the blue diamonds indicating the trail route. After the split, the trail starts to gain back the elevation it lost at the beginning of the ski, but there are several bridges and lush forest to keep your mind occupied. Eventually this trail, officially the Pioneer Bridle Trail, takes you back to the parking area via the end of the Enid Lake Loop.

Logistics + Planning



Parking Pass

Sno-Park Parking Permit (required in OR + WA 11.01 thru 04.30)


Close to Portland. Part of a larger trail network. Variety of terrain. Snowshoeing and skiing.


Ski tracks get hammered by snowshoers. Some intermediate terrain.

Trailhead Elevation

3,743.00 ft (1,140.87 m)



Trail type


Typically multi-day



Nearby Adventures

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon
Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area


I x-c skied this trail this morning and found the trail a bit narrow for a beginner like me...better for snowshoes. Also as pointed out in the Adventure Overview, this trail is not very well marked. I actually started to get a little afraid I'd get lost! So I turned around and went back the way I came. It was still a beautiful sunny day.
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